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seems to be signaling that they're not going to fight hard. >> a win right now given that harry reid, the democratic reid democratic leader in the senate is not going along. a vote would be a political victory in a town that doesn't want to do this. the president is being pragmatic and he's not going as far as progressives would like, but if you can get the votes it's more progress than people think he can get right now. >> john: and in fairness to the president, what toes mean that we're going to win an assaults weapon. the president will win even by losing. harry reid almost lost his job to someone wearing a tinfoil hat hat. so i think that harry reid is going to let this die but that's how the president wins. if the president fights a battle that he knows he's doomed to fail god for bid there is a massacre or the next ten massacres he can point his finger right to the people who killed this bill and say you own this. that would be a political win for this president at a bloody cost. >> cenk: your analysis is right. but if he wanted a legislative and policy victory, of course, wha
was to the president. >> behind the president, the republican leader of the house, leader of the senate, harry reid. the president is not going to try to reach for the kind of soaring rhetoric you saw in the inaugural. observations of many that he didn't really focus on the economy in the inaugural address. but can you be sure they're going to make that the bulk of the speech this evening. nancy pelosi also behind the president. >> we do expect him to at least to talk about afghanistan, although it will not be the concentration of the speech, to talk about foreign policy and the white house has indicated there will be other speeches on that front. i wanted to say, george, i was in the house chamber earlier this morning at 10:00 in the morning and some of these people were already in there. >> long day and a long night. you mentioned afghanistan, we're joined bid martha raddatz, our chief global affairs correspondent. the president did put a number on how many troops will come out this year, martha. >> 34,000 troops by this time next year will be out of afghanistan. we have about 66,000 troops there
position. he's being followed -- you see eric cantor, harry reid, the senate majority leader. they're part of the official escort committee who are there to bring the president in to the chamber. it will take him a while to get through this crowd. he's shaking hands with everyone he sees there. as i said, a lot of these people have been waiting a long time just to get a shot with the president on this important historic night. band-aided by the constitution that he should provide a report to the nation about the state of the union. the president will tell us what he thinks the state of the union is momentarily. jake, you and i have seen a lot of these state of the union addresses. this is an important one because it kicks off the president's second term. >> that's right. he will set the table for his second term. he hopes he will, anyway. i do find it so interesting that there are members of the house and senate that literally sit in those seats in the house chamber for hours upon hours just for this moment, so they can shake the president's hand. it's often the same members of congress, c
violence. a number of people senator harry reid behind the president being one of them wearing green ribbons on their lapels tonight in solidarity with the victims from the newtown massacre in december. major garrett at s at the white house for us tonight. major, what are the president's prospects on gun control? what does he think he can get? >> reporter: scott it's very important that the president said "let's have a vote." in the rhetoric of legislative politics that means the president is not decidedly telling congress "let's pass this, i know we can do it." it is an open-faced concession that the politics of gun control, particularly when it comes to an assault weapons ban, so-called, or banning ammunition clips with ten bullets or more very difficult politically not just in the republican house but in the democratically controlled senate. when the president says "have a vote" he knows that's the best he can hope for in both chambers. now, the house republicans have made it very clear they are not going to do anything legislatively on the floor of the house until the senate acts
pelosi, harry reid. therein lies the potential problem where the more moderate democrats are going to have to step aside and stand down. >> and you look at that $4 trillion number. in the president's proposal is also including things like interest savings, more savings that are set to wind down anyway, and you look at the $4 trillion. it really only stabilizes debt to gdp ratio over the next decade or so off panama. the entitlement spending, medicare, medicaid, not doing their analysis of what the ten years after the next decade look like when it comes to the full entitlement boom that goes on from there, there are some major deficit and debt problems that are going to hit the federal budget in just the next 10-15 years alone. so the whole debate as to how big a problem deficit reduction is, jay carney a couple of weeks ago said it is not a goal of itself. just deficit reduction. i think the president clarified that a little bit this evening with a comment you just mentioned, neil. there is that question about whether and that democrats are all that serious about deficit reduct
. >> separating harry reid from john boehner. >> woodruff: well, they pick a select group of the leadership of the house and senate to escort the president in. and i'm sure both of you saw today or yesterday there was an article describing the lengths to which some members of congress will go to get one of those coveted seats right there in the aisle so that the president will see them and they will be seen on national television. >> on my twitter feed at about noon there were some reporters reporting that those seats were already getting filled up. those people have been there for nine hours. they deserve their five seconds of fame. >> they do. but in the past, speaking of the... in the past you've been able to just have a bag or some books. now security demands that you be there yourself physically. you may claim it by putting in your notebook with your name on it. now you have to physically be there because many of these members have been there for hours. and they're getting their, the moment in the sun. jean schmidt from ohio who is one of the regulars there, a republican, she lost the
harry reid, eric cantor there. and members of congress. these are coveted seats. just saying before the president was introduced here, there has been all this advanced notice that the president will be sort of keeping with his confident, even arguably aggressive tone that he has taken since his reelection. the quote that stood out for me from politico this week, it was assigned to a person close to the drafting of the speech. >> right. >> said the president's approach to the republican party in this speech would be borrowed from the 2500-year-old chinese book philosophy "the art of war." and the quote was "build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across." . >> i like the quote. and i think that would be probably a good strategy for the president. i mean, i would hope that we don't see a lot of partisan bickering, but i hope he is aggressive in terms of the proposals that he is going to lay out. this being his last term, most people say 18 months and then you start looking lame duck. so very important speech as to what his presidency and his legacy is going to mean. and i think
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